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  1. We bought and happy we did! This forum is, my opinion, is much more 'renters' vs 'owners' but the questions was asked about who purchased and if they were happy! Our neighbors put their place up for sale and it was under contract in 5 days. Owning is good too for some!!

    Are you absentee owners and if so how do you handle security in your absence?

  2. We have only lived in Cost Rica (via Suitcases) 16 months. Of our new friends, 5 are homeowners and 2 of them are still awe struck over owning a home. Both couples have lived here less than 2 yrs. The other 3 couples who built their beautiful GRINGO homes with views to die for have their homes up for sale (with no luck). They have been here for over 5 yrs. We chose to rent because we like the freedom to explore. We may decide to move to the beach next year, or move on to Panama, or Nicaragua, or even Spain. Nothing is more important than knowing YOURSELF - your GOALS - your DREAMS.



    Why are your friends selling?


    We are aware of the squatters and the need for a caretaker.

    The reason for only a 6 - 7 month(winter stay) is because of the health care rules in Canada ".....you .can only be absent for 7 months in 12 in order to keep your health care benefits active.

    If healthcare is affordable in CR we will live there full time.

  3. Hello all,


    My name is Dave Barton, my wife and I reside in Ontario Canada ,have dreams, apirations, intentions of buying a home in CR and living there for the winter months within the next few years.

    I have researched some of the ins and outs of this type of scenario but wanted some real life experiences from others who have done this.

    The property would likely not be in a gated community nor would we rent it out.


    Please post your experiences abd opinions however minor they may seem as too much information is never dangerous in this situation I think.


    Regards Dave and Michelle

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